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Patton Oswalt, on the topic of “Gay Marriage” (via strangemachinery)
That would be a valid argument? What would the debate be exactly?
Valid doesn’t mean right. Valid just means that it’s a much harder argument to counteract because it’s their personal opinion and not based on some book. Because the book is just a book and has plenty of other things in it that are much worse than the bit about gay people and therefore is an invalid argument. But a personal opinion like “the thought of gay sex makes me uncomfortable” is a valid argument because it is much harder to say “you’re wrong [that doesn’t make you uncomfortable]” because you can’t tell other people how they should or shouldn’t feel about things. If it makes them uncomfortable, it makes them uncomfortable. You could however say, “that’s your opinion but please keep it out of politics because you’re making other people miserable and keeping them from their basic human rights,” or, as Patton says, "That is fucking stupid."
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Remember that slew of comic strips and one-liners about how gay marriage will save the economy? Well, they were on to something.
The Washington Post article linked above explores how wedding-related businesses in Washington, D.C., like florists and hotels, have seen business boom since same-sex marriages were legalized in the district about a year ago.
More vendors are popping up in the area, and they’re doing well. Demand is high because gay couples are, in theory, willing to spend just as much on fabulous weddings as straight couples are. Check the article above for numbers and details.
Even though this is a side effect of the battle for marriage equality, it’s interesting to look at. Gay marriages mean gay weddings mean gay people spending on their weddings.
Regardless of what anyone says, more gay people getting married will not affect how many straight people get married. Win-win for everyone, civilly and financially. So what’s not to love?
Obama has ordered the Justice Department to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act:
"After careful consideration, including a review of my recommendation, the President has concluded that given a number of factors, including a documented history of discrimination, classifications based on sexual orientation should be subject to a more heightened standard of scrutiny. The President has also concluded that Section 3 of DOMA, as applied to legally married same-sex couples, fails to meet that standard and is therefore unconstitutional. Given that conclusion, the President has instructed the Department not to defend the statute in such cases. I fully concur with the President’s determination."
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